deface

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•face /dɪˈfeɪs/USA pronunciation   v. [ + obj], -faced, -fac•ing. 
  1. to mar the surface or appearance of, such as by marking;
    disfigure:defacing all the posters.
de•face•ment, n. [uncountable]See -face-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•face  (di fās),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -faced, -fac•ing. 
  1. to mar the surface or appearance of;
    disfigure:to deface a wall by writing on it.
  2. to efface, obliterate, or injure the surface of, as to make illegible or invalid:to deface a bond.
de•facea•ble, adj. 
de•facement, n. 
de•facer, n. 
  • Old French desfacier, equivalent. to des- dis-1 + facier (face face + -ier infinitive suffix)
  • Middle English defacen 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged spoil. See  mar. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

deface /dɪˈfeɪs/ vb
  1. (transitive) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure

deˈfaceable adj deˈfacement n deˈfacer n



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